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Children's Book Club: September 2014

Junior rounds up the best new children's books for September

Posted: 29 August 2014
by Alison Potter

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The Five Of Us by Quentin Blake (Tate Publishing, £11.99)

Quentin Blake’s new children’s book, The Five of Us features his trademark drawings which over the past few decades have established him as one of the world’s leading illustrators. Unsurprisingly, The Five Of Us is a beautifully designed tale about five best friends who take a trip to the countryside. As their bus driver falls suddenly ill, they must band together to get him medical attention and each of them helps in their own individual way.

Focusing on each child’s special and individual talent, rather than their disabilities (one has a stutter, one has impaired eyesight and another is a wheelchair user), this story celebrates teamwork and the power of collaboration. An inspirational book with a lovely message, Quentin has a lovely talent for storytelling and has crafted a tale that is moving, nail-biting and incredibly uplifting.

Junior Meets: Quentin Blake We caught up with the acclaimed illustrator after he illustrated a new cover for one of five special Enid Blyton Famous Five 70th anniversary editions. 

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